|Singer-songwriter Mashonda, who has worked with Jay-Z, DMX, and Raphael Saadiq, releases the enlightening Note to Self EP as well as the passionate music video “Complicated” on Tifrere Music distributed by Beatroot. The five-song EP is a sonic collection of self-reflection. Listen to Note to Self HERE. Watch the video HERE.|
The multi-dimensional artist whose talents span music, books, and art curation, shares her lessons learned navigating romantic relationships throughout the last five years. Mashonda’s sensual vocals navigate listeners through songs that tackle bliss (“Positive Distraction”), sexuality (“Forbidden Fruit”), heartache (“Runaway”), compromise (“Complicated”), and enlightenment (“Note to Self”). Mashonda compliments the music’s healing, therapeutic mood with interludes that serve as affirmations. The EP was co-written and co-produced by Mashonda and The Millennials.
Note to Self offers listeners a healthy, realistic outlook on relationships. “This project is a return to my first love, music, on my terms,” Mashonda says. “Note to Self is a diary that explores the navigation of love and pain and the transformation that comes with that journey. Every word of this EP is inspired by my personal experiences through the human emotions that come with love.”
Shot in New York, the “Complicated” music video marks Mashonda’s debut as a producer and creative director. The captivating short film directed by Mathieu Turk and Luke Pulver and produced by Push & Pull Media tells the compelling love story of a couple committed to making their relationship work. He is a visual artist, and she is his muse. Mashonda, who wrote the treatment for the video, says the short is the manifestation of a vision she has nurtured for more than a year. “The visual expression of ‘Complicated’ was just as important to me as the music,” she says. “While writing the treatment, I was intentional about layering in parts that are uniquely me. From shooting in my old neighborhood in Harlem, to the juxtaposition of the clothing to the settings, I wanted it to be as carefully curated as our complex relationships with humans are; every time we think we understand the picture, there is a deeper meaning to explore. Everything in the video — the movement, the artistry, the love interest, the city — represents the complexity of relationships — the love and the pain — sensuality and dismay.”
“Complicated” follows Note to Self’s two preceding singles and music videos for the sensual “Forbidden Fruit” (watch) and soothing, summer favorite “Positive Distraction” (watch).
Note to Self EP tracklist:
“God’s Plan” (affirmation)
“No More” (affirmation)
“Note to Self”